Members of the project staff, both as individuals and as a team, have been awarded a number of grants for cataloguing the Carpenter Collection, for preliminary research into the collection and into Carpenter himself, for the dissemination of the results of these projects at conferences and through publication, and for the ongoing work of preparing the collection for publication in a critical edition.

Awards Received

Music Libraries Trust Research, 1994

  • An Annotated Index to the Classical (Child) Ballads in the James Madison Carpenter Collection.

Scouloudi Foundation, 1995

  • A Critical Examination of the Scottish Folksong Collecting of James Madison Carpenter in the early 1930s.

Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography, 1996

  • Research into the Carpenter Collection at the Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

British Academy, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006

  • Research into the biography of James Madison Carpenter at Harvard Archives and in Mississippi.
  • Travel to present a paper at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, Rochester, NY, Oct. 2002.

Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2000, 2003, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grants, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

  • A Critical Edition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection (Phase 1).
  • A Critical Edition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection (Phase 2).
  • A Critical Edition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection (Phase 3).
  • A Critical Edition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection (Phase 4).

University of Aberdeen, 2006

  • To visit Carpenter's niece in Mississippi for further biographical research, obtaining permission on further donated items, and identification of Mississippi contributors to the collection and their descendants.
  • Travel to present paper at the 118th annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Milwaukee, WI.

Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2013

  • Engaging Scottish Audiences in the Formatting and Design of a Critical Edition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection of Traditional Song and Drama.

Marc Fitch Fund, 2013, 2016

  • A Critical Edition of the James Madison Carpenter Collection: Folk Play Volumes
  • Researching the Dance Tune Headnotes for A Critical Edition of the J. M. Carpenter Collection and Engaging with Multidisciplinary Approaches to Tune History and Comparison

Strathmartine Trust, 2016

  • ‘They winna tak unless you sing’: Understanding the Dreg Songs of the Firth of Forth